Group to award $15,000 in scholarships to students during prayer breakfast

By Geoff Folsom BUY-Cobb Inc.’s 18th Annual Scholarship Prayer…

Georgia (Mar 4, 2013) — By Geoff Folsom


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BUY-Cobb Inc.’s 18th Annual Scholarship Prayer Breakfast will honor one of the organization’s founders. …

Guest speaker at this year’s prayer breakfast will be Kennesaw State University President Dan Papp. He joins a list of former speakers including former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, former Attorney General Thurbert Baker, former Cobb Chairman Bill Byrne and Marietta Schools Superintendent Emily Lembeck.

“I am proud to participate in this year’s BUY-Cobb prayer breakfast,” Papp said. “This organization helps develop globally aware young people who will hold leadership roles in the future. It stands for diversity and inclusion, ideals that we at Kennesaw State hold dear. We want to strengthen our young people and help them achieve. This organization’s good work helps high school students build their confidence, and it acts as a springboard to propel their aspirations.”

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham will also be on hand to present the award named in his honor. Attorney General Sam Olens, Cobb County Manager David Hankerson are among past winners. Johnson said the award honors someone who exemplifies the qualities the judge displays.

Those who attended the 2012 breakfast will be surprised by how the students have grown as speakers, said 18-year-old South Cobb High School senior Brittany Taylor, who will speak for the second time at this year’s breakfast.

“As the youth, we have the responsibility to speak,” she said. “People my age, a lot of people think their opinion doesn’t matter. The truth is, everybody is listening, you just have to learn how to speak to everyone.”


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